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replacing inside of bed..need opinions.
My vacation is coming up and I'm planning on doing lots of needed work to my truck, what a way to spend a vacation. The bed is starting to rot through in a spot about 18" x18" and when looking from underneath lots of the support crossmembers look like they're on they're way out as well.
I've decided to pull the bed and cut out the supports and center section of the bed fully and weld in a piece of 1/8" or slightly less maybe 12 or 14ga steel along with C channel underneath for support/strength. While the bed is pulled I plan on cleaning up the frame as well and putting in a pre pump filter I have had setup for awhile.
My only question is if I completely cut out the center section ( there is already a small grove I could follow) will the bed loose its shape and will I have a hard time welding it back together?
Also anyone know where I can buy some of that POR stuff everyone recommends like at Lowes or Ace? Can anyone recommend any other heavy primer/paint? The bed is currently herculined and I really like how it came out so maybe I'll go with that again.
02 F250 7.3 Ext. Cab Long Bed
6637 DIY intake, muffler delete, EBPV delete, 6.0 cooler, ISSPRO gauges
285/75/16 BFG a/t's